The 47th edition of the Boston Pride Parade marched through the city on Saturday, winding from Copley Square through the South End before finishing at City Hall.
More than 300 groups participated in the parade, and many local politicians, including Massachusetts Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey, Attorney General Maura Healey, Rep. Joe Kennedy III, and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh were on hand to celebrate.
— Elizabeth Warren (@elizabethforma) June 10, 2017
— Maura Healey (@MassAGO) June 10, 2017
— Mayor Marty Walsh (@marty_walsh) June 10, 2017
Some of the biggest cheers from the crowd came for a float carrying survivors of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, which left 49 dead and 58 wounded on June 12, 2016.
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— Eric Kane (@EricKaneTV) June 10, 2017
Pulse Orlando Nightclub survivors float. #awesome #lovetrumpshate #orlandostrong #bostonstrong
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Parade organizers were “very touched” that the 29 survivors who rode on the float were able to join the Pride Parade on Saturday.
“We are very, very touched by their presence, and so we selected them to carry the big 60-foot Pride flag down the entire route of this parade,” Parade chair Martha Plaza told The Boston Globe.
— Jonathan Choe (@choenbcboston) June 10, 2017
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While the Pride Parade served as a celebration, the float and its passengers also served as a reminder of the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.
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— Daniel A. Guzman (@DGQuoVadimus) June 10, 2017
— Break Me Not (@break_me_not_) June 10, 2017